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Seferian-Jenkins explains his choice

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Austin won't be headed to Austin.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins pulled a somewhat surprising move Monday night when he committed to Washington instead of Texas, considered the favorite for some time especially after the nation's top tight end visited the Longhorns and picked up an offer this summer.
But Seferian-Jenkins, a 6-foot-7, 250-pound prospect from Gig Harbor, Wash., said after consulting with those close to him and considering both Washington and Texas that he was more comfortable with the Huskies and his options with coach Steve Sarkisian's club.
"I sat down with my mom and my family and I talked to God about it and it turned out to be Washington," Seferian-Jenkins said. "It turned out really good. Texas was a great place for me but it ended up not being the place.
"It was really God's plan for me, that's what I thought. Coach Sarkisian is an amazing coach and a phenomenal person. He has really high integrity around a lot of people. Coach Sark was a real person and that's what drew me there."
Rivals.com rates Seferian-Jenkins, the best player at the Eugene NIKE Camp, as the nation's top tight end, the No. 1 player in the Washington state rankings and No. 29 nationally.
He and Fresno (Calif.) Central East running back Brendon Bigelow are Washington's two four-star commits this recruiting cycle. Bigelow, rated No. 26 in the 2011 class, is still being pursued by many schools including Cal.
Washington was always under consideration by Seferian-Jenkins but it appeared in recent months that Texas and Florida had taken the lead. He recently eliminated the Gators leaving Washington and Texas in the mix.
Many believed after Seferian-Jenkins visited Texas on his own dime without an official offer that if the Longhorns offered that it would only be a matter of time before the four-star prospect committed.
However, Washington made up significant ground recently and landed the highest-rated in-state recruit by Rivals.com.
The Huskies might not be done. Sammamish Skyline wide receiver Kasen Williams, one of the top handful of players from the state of Washington, has the Huskies as one of his favorites and is expected to make a decision soon.
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